History Literature / HanselAndGretel

21st Feb '16 1:02:53 AM LordGro
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* AdultFear: Having no food to feed your children and being forced to abandon them rather than starve to death. (Tragically, this was a TruthInTelevision during some times of famine in the Medieval period.) Also, having your children be kidnapped by a SerialKiller cannibal witch.
11th Feb '16 7:41:50 AM Jeduthun
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* AdultFear: Having no food to feed your children and being forced to abandon them rather than starve to death. (Tragically, this was a TruthInTelevision during some times of famine in the Medieval period.) Also, having your children be kidnapped by a SerialKiller cannibal witch.



* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath

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* FamilyUnfriendlyDeathFamilyUnfriendlyDeath: Befalls the witch.
7th Dec '15 8:23:31 PM LadyNorbert
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A variant appears in the ''VideoGames/DarkParables'' games, in which Hansel must rescue Gretel from the witch, rather than the other way around, and does so by giving her a permanent sleeping potion instead of shoving her in the oven. He aids a goddess in the process of the rescue, and she rewards him by bestowing an unusual blessing on his descendants in perpetuity. Gerda, from ''Literature/TheSnowQueen'', is one of these descendants.



* OffingTheOffspring: an implication often overlooked now, but obvious to folk at the time of the tale's origin is this: the woodcutter's wife can bear him more children once the famine has passed.

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* OffingTheOffspring: an An implication often overlooked now, but obvious to folk at the time of the tale's origin origin, is this: the woodcutter's wife can bear him more children once the famine has passed.



* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: In at least one version, Hansel and Gretel are escorted home by a magic duck...who the father then kills and cooks for dinner.
* WickedStepmother: In most versions of the tale. It's worth mentioning however that in the first edition version recorded by the Grimm brothers she was the kids' actual biological mother, and the father shares the blame for abandoning the children. Apparently some people found that too shocking, [[{{Bowdlerise}} so they changed it]].
** Averted in Humperdinck's opera, where she is once again the birth-mother. Though in the opera, she has no evil motive: she simply sends them out as an exasperated parent and they become lost by accident.

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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: In at least one version, Hansel and Gretel are escorted home by a magic duck... who the father then kills and cooks for dinner.
* WickedStepmother: In most versions of the tale. It's worth mentioning however mentioning, though, that in the first edition version recorded by the Grimm brothers brothers, she was the kids' actual biological mother, and the father shares the blame for abandoning the children. Apparently some people found that too shocking, [[{{Bowdlerise}} so they changed it]].
** Averted in Humperdinck's opera, where she is once again the birth-mother. Though in birth mother. In the opera, however, she has no evil motive: motive; she simply sends them out as an exasperated parent and they become lost by accident.
17th Oct '15 5:54:45 AM Sapphirea2
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The DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse book ''Literature/TimeLordFairyTales'' retells it as "The Gingerbread Trap", crossing the plot over with that of [[spoiler: the Tenth Doctor story "School Reunion"]].
14th Oct '15 7:33:52 PM dynaboyj
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* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: The ''SuperWhy'' version consisted of the kids eating the witch's roof, the witch going "how dare you eat my roof!", the heroes helping H&G say sorry, and the witch accepting the apology and giving them house-shaped cookies.
12th Sep '15 8:07:23 PM SpaghettiBoy
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* CulturalTranslation: Being a fairy tale, this is often done. A good example of older fairy tale books in Eastern Europe having the witch be BabaYaga.
15th Jul '15 8:23:00 AM SolipSchism
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* DarkerAndEdgier:
** The {{Newgrounds}} series [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/515322 Gretel]] [[GretelAndHansel and Hansel]] is very, very creepy.
** Another popular subversion, notably used by SoundHorizon and a vocaloid video, is to have the Witch be perfectly innocent, and Hansel and Gretel simply too GenreSavvy for their own good. [[spoiler: Extra points go to the Vocaloid version, ''Moonlit Abandonment/Abandoned on a moonlit night'' for making the death of the witch a case DeathByIrony and LaserGuidedKarma with a simple trick: she and her husband were the ones sending the children away in the first place.]]
15th Jul '15 8:21:57 AM SolipSchism
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* Literature/BabaYaga: The witch has many similarities with the Baba Yaga of Russian fairy tales. (In fact, Slavic retellings often make her be the witch the two meet.)
1st Jul '15 3:15:12 PM Generality
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* SolitarySorceress: This tale is a strong contender as TropeCodifier for the "witch lives in a cottage in the woods" variant of the trope.
15th Feb '15 2:46:21 PM adrianleverkuhn
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